Arian's Heisman bid

Tennessee tailback Arian Foster began the 2005 football season as a little-known backup. He'll begin the 2006 season as a Heisman Trophy candidate. So says Richard Cirminiello of

Cirminiello has spent this week profiling his top 100 Heisman candidates for the popular website. He posted picks 81-100 on Monday, picks 61-80 on Tuesday and picks 41-60 today. Foster checks in at No. 44. Here's what Cirminiello has to say about the talented tailback:

"Arian Foster, Tennessee – The Tennessee offense stunk last year, but Foster didn't. In fact, the freshman was the lone bright spot of the unit, rushing for almost 800 yards and four touchdowns in the Vols' final five games."

UT fans no doubt remember that Foster assumed the tailback reins when Gerald Riggs suffered a broken ankle in Game 6 at Alabama. All Foster did thereafter was rush for 148 yards against South Carolina, 125 vs. Notre Dame, 132 against Memphis, 223 vs. Vanderbilt and (despite shoulder and ankle injuries) 114 in the season finale at Kentucky.

Several players the Vols must face this fall are listed between 41 and 60 on Cirminiello's Heisman watch list, as well. They are:

51. Quentin Moses, defensive end, Georgia

56. Sidney Rice, wide receiver, South Carolina

57. Rafael Little, running back, Kentucky

58. Nate Longshore, quarterback, California

To view Cirminiello's complete list, go to, then click on the "Heisman 100" link.

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